C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 17, 1928
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on March 17, 1928. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario.
Carroll Herman Little (1872-1958) was a Lutheran pastor, and a professor and administrator at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (later Waterloo Lutheran Seminary; now Martin Luther University College) in Waterloo, Ontario.

Little was born in Hickory, North Carolina in 1872. He was the eldest of ten children born to Rev. Marcus Lafayette Little (1848-1891) and Candace Mary Almetta Herman (1848-1947). Marcus L. Little, a Lutheran pastor and educator, was killed in a train accident in Newton, North Carolina on February 16, 1891.

C. H. Little received his early education and work experience in North Carolina, graduating from Gaston College in 1889. From 1888-1891 Little worked as editor of a newspaper founded by his father in Dallas, North Carolina. He also taught in North Carolina schools. After his father’s death, Little entered Roanoke College in Virginia, graduating with a BA (Classics) in 1893. From 1897-1898 he was enrolled in post-graduate studies in the Classics Department at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

In 1901 Little graduated from Mount Airy Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following in his father’s footsteps, C. H. Little was ordained by the Ministerium of Pennsylvania on June 3, 1901. After ordination he accepted a call to the Nova Scotia Synod, serving as pastor in the New Germany parish from 1901-1909, and the Mahone Bay parish from 1909-1911. From 1911-1914 he was housefather of Bethany Orphans’ Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. During this time he also served the Nova Scotia Synod as secretary (1904-1909), president (1911-1914) and editor of the Nova Scotia Lutheran (1907-1911). In 1914 Little was recognized with an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. Little left Nova Scotia in 1914 when he accepted a call to the St. Lawrence Parish in Morrisburg, Ontario.

In 1917 C. H. Little accepted a teaching position at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (now Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) in Waterloo, Ontario. He remained at the Seminary for the rest of his career, retiring in 1947. In addition to his responsibilities as professor, Little also held various administrative roles including acting President, 1918-1920, 1929-1931, and 1942-44; Bursar, 1918-1933; and Dean, 1920-1927. Little continued to pursue his own education through correspondence studies with the Chicago Lutheran Seminary, receiving the degrees of BD and STM in 1924, and an STD in 1928.

Publications authored by C. H. Little include New Testament handbook (1941); Lutheran confessional theology: a presentation of the doctrines of the Augsburg Confession and the Formula of concord (1943); and Explanation of the book of Revelation (1950). He was a long time contributor to the Canada Lutheran, and held editorial positions for the publication.

Little married Edith Blanche “Bonnie” DeLong (1888-1974) on September 9, 1908 in Nova Scotia. They had ten children: Carolus DeLong, Herman Luther, Marion, Arthur Bernard, Robert Paul, Margaret Eileen, Ruth, Catharine, Florence Josephine, and John Frederick.

Carroll Herman Little died in Waterloo, Ontario on March 31, 1958.

-- Letter transcribed by Michael Skelton in July 2013.
Date of Original
March 17, 1928
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 17 March 1928, RG-102.13, File 1.30.5, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc21
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada

Rev. J. Reble, President

104 Hughson St. Hamilton, Ont.

Rev. J. Maurer, D. D., Vice-President

49 Irvin St. Kitchener, Ont.

Rev. H. Schorten, German Secretary

70 Albert Street, Waterloo Ont.

Rev. C. H. Little, D. D. English Secretary

Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. E. Holm, Treasurer

Conostogo, Ont.}

Waterloo, Ont.,

March 17, 1928.

Dear Mother:

As I am starting for Unionville this afternoon, I will drop you a few lines before I go. I will get back Sunday night; but find it more convenient to write now than after my return. And in any case news is rather scarce. All are over their colds except Bonnie who complains a good deal of her head, eyes and back of neck. She seems to have a hard time to throw off a cold. I got some medicine for her from the doctor, but she doesn’t seem to be improving very rapidly. The doctor thinks she probably has a little sinus trouble. However, she keeps at her work as hard as ever. I think that with the advent of fine weather, such as we are having to-day she will get better. We have had it steadily cold with the exception of one or two days since I wrote you last, and there is still enough snow for the cutters to run. I have been occupied during my spare time with gathering material for my Thesis, and hope to finish it up next week. Our Board of Governors met last week; but, beyond appointing a committee of investigation, did not accomplish very much. Dr. Potter recommended centralization

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of the three departments, Seminary, College and College School, under one head; and proposed Dr. Willison for the presidency. This is a renewal of his (Dr. Potter’s) former policy. The Board consulted the various faculties on the subject. The College Faculty followed Dr. Potter’s recommendation and the Seminary Faculty opposed it. The Board reached no decision, but appointed a Committee to prepare a report and present it at the next meeting of the Board toward the last of April. With Dr. Potter’s withdrawal and Dr. Willison’s resignation and Prof. Hirtle’s incapacity through sickness, and the vacancy on the Seminary Faculty the institution is on about as tottering a foundation as it has ever been. The finances also are in bad shape. So I don’t know what will be the outcome. It is this last situation and the small salaries that are paid that makes it difficult to fill the vacancies with suitable men. We have secured the Rev. Hob of Phil’a as Commencement preacher to preach the sermon to the graduating class this year. We will have two regular graduates this year with two, perhaps three of the Kropp men ready for ordination in case they receive calls. One of them has been called already and a second is expecting a call. I have enjoyed the Seminary work this year and have done, I think, better work than any year heretofore, though I have been very busy preaching nearly every Sunday in addition to my regular teaching. It will be my turn to preach for Dr. Maurer again on Wednesday evening. He is improving slowly, but is still very weak. Prof. Hirtle and Mrs. Moser are just about the same

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and keep a trained nurse busy over there all the time. I remembered on Friday that it was Herbert’s birthday; and I herewith send him belated congratulations over his fifty-oddth birthday. I suppose mine will be next on the list. I don’t think I will make much of a time over it – I am getting too old for one thing, and besides it is Lent for another thing. Our painting is all over and we are gradually getting back to normal again in the house. It makes quite an improvement on the floors; but still there is a great deal lacking to put the house definitely in order. We had to have the plumber here for about two days around the same time fixing our radiators so they wouldn’t leak. But I must close. With love to you all and all good wishes,

I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 17, 1928

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on March 17, 1928. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario.